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Derma Pen Microneedling Vs. RF Microneedling.    Which Is Better?


To understand the difference between traditional Microneedling and RF Microneedling, let's recap what each of them means:

  • Derma Pen (Traditional) Microneedling

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skincare treatment that uses super-thin needles to pierce the first layer of your skin, creating micro-wounds. This stimulates “wound healing,” which is when your skin heals itself by producing collagen and elastin. These are two proteins that are responsible for healthy youthful appearances.

Microneedling is done using a Derma Pen to treat surface texture and tone, fine lines, and mild surface scarring. Punctures from Microneedling work to thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks, and sun damage.

  • RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling takes traditional (Derma Pen)  Microneedling one step ahead by incorporating a Radio Frequency component. Here, the RF Microneedling device use specialized needles while also channeling (Micro-Channeling) radio frequency through them.   

These “energized” needles create micro-punctures along the skin that delivers radio frequency energy through the entry points. The addition of radio frequency in the deeper tissues of the skin gives the collagen an additional boost, which further enhances skin tightening and heals common skin conditions.

Radio Frequency Microneedling uses a gentle stamping technique, which helps reduce any risks of micro-tears and gives greater accuracy.

This slight modification enhances the production of the desired proteins (elastin and collagen) and hyaluronic acid, all of which augment the ability of traditional Microneedling.  Furthermore, the Radio Frequency waves produce a heating effect that boosts skin tightening.

 Here are some of the other aspects that RF Microneedling and Derma Pen (traditional) Microneedling differ:

1. RF Microneedling can be personalized

RF Microneedling can be personalized based on your unique skin and cosmetic concerns. RF energy is regulated based of the size and depth of treatment required, too. The depth of the needle used on your skin can be customized to provide greater results with more precision.

This adaptable procedure can also act as a substitute for ablative laser procedures.

2. RF Microneedling achieves results with fewer sessions 

In traditional Derma Pen Microneedling, only the top layers of the skin are treated. But with RF, the needles deliver radio frequency energy that penetrates into the deeper layer of the skin. This heat tightens the skin more effectively with an additional boost to the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, fewer sessions are required for RF Microneedling to achieve better results.

3. RF Microneedling requires no downtime

Traditional Derma Pen Microneedling is more abrasive, your skin will appear red for a longer period of time after you’ve had this procedure. Your skin may also feel a bit rough or sensitive to the touch afterward.

On the other hand, there is no downtime with RF Microneedling as it is a non-invasive procedure, which causes minimal discomfort, less redness. 

4. RF Microneedling can address more skin problems

RF Micro-Needling treatment can effectively combat more skin problems that traditional Derma Pen Microneedling may not be able to treat. Though used mostly on the face, RF Microneedling procedures can be used on almost any area of the body to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Extensive thicker scars create rough patches of damaged skin that only the energy from radio frequency needles can treat.

Thus, RF Microneedling brings better results to cosmetic concerns that traditional Derma Pen Microneedling may find challenging.

5. A boost in collagen production

By controlling the intensity of the radio frequency waves, we can reach the deepest skin layers for more extensive treatment. This RF energy boosts the process of collagen production without harming your skin.

More collagen equals faster recovery time and greater benefits.

RF Microneedling is Effective in Treating:


FAQ    Frequently Asked Questions. 


Who Is RF Microneedling Not Recommended For?

RF Microneedling is safe for all skin types, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone.  Microneedling with Radio Frequency is not advised for those who have used Accutane within six months, have had radiation treatment within the last year, have open wounds, or have a history of keloid scars. (Overgrowth of scar tissue) 

Very important that a medical history form is filled out.   

Is RF Microneedling Painful? 

Before the treatment begins, a numbing cream is applied to manage any discomfort or pain you might feel during the procedure. Throughout the procedure, we are using a tool that contains tiny needles. Then, you might experience some pain on the “bonier” areas of your face, such as your jawline, forehead, and hairline. Pain in other areas of your body could be more tolerable than on the face. 

To minimize the pain after your procedure, make sure to follow all post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner.  Also, apply recommended topical creams only.

What Happens During an RF Microneedling Treatment?

An RF Microneedling treatment session typically takes 1 - 1.5 hours for full face/neck. (this includes 15+ minutes to numb)  For a specific area treatment, such as around the eyes or lips, it may only take 45 minutes.   It all depends on the area and what your specific concerns are.  Always plan on 1.5 hours for face/neck.  

It typically takes three or four treatments to see optimal results.

At each treatment session,  first I cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing cream, to help mitigate pain. Once you’re sufficiently numb, I press the handheld device into your skin, with a peptide/serum applied, stamping it across the entire face or targeted treatment area. 

When the microneedles puncture your skin, they emit the RF energy as heat, delivering it directly into the dermis. You may feel a warm, prickling sensation, but it shouldn’t be painful because your skin will be numb.

After the treatment is complete, I apply a calming/cooling mask to your skin.   

Can You Have RF Microneedling After Fillers or Botox?

There is not a consensus on this topic. Most RF Microneedling practitioners feel that it is better to perform the RF Microneedling series first, to determine the response of this modality, before proceeding with dermal fillers.

I would recommend that clients finish with a filler to correct any concerns that were not addressed by the RF Microneedling series. 

There is a question as to whether the RF Microneedling might damage, alter, or remove the fillers.  This depends upon RF microneedle placement in the skin, and the placement of dermal fillers in and under the skin. 

You are absolutely able to have RF Microneedling after Botox or filler injections.  If you have fillers or Botox first, wait two weeks after having injections to have these other procedures performed.  This timeline allows you to see the final results from your injectables. 

How Long Does It Take To See Results?

After your initial RF Microneedling procedure, you can expect to see changes in your skin within a week. The treatment works when the body notices inflammation. The body will then send growth factors to the affected area. With this, the production of both elastin and collagen will increase. Since it is a natural process, the skin takes time to fully rebuild and you will continue to see improvements over the next  four-six months.

As your body rebuilds collagen to heal the new skin, the skin tightening effects will begin to appear. You will soon start to notice your skin getting brighter and smoother. Though one Microneedling treatment can yield positive results, multiple follow-up appointments for RF Microneedling may be necessary, depending on your needs and goals. You should wait one month or 4 weeks between each appointment. But it can be longer depending on your specific skin concern.

How Long Does RF Microneedling Last? 

As everyone’s skin is unique, the exact results of RF Microneedling vary from one person to another.  Individual results will last based on your age, skin type, the conditions you are treating, and the areas being treated. Treatments for scars, like atrophic acne scars, can have permanent results. (once the scars are gone... they are gone permanently) 

A proper skincare routine after the procedure, like applying sunscreen when you are outside, avoiding harsh chemicals on your face, refraining from popping new pimples, etc., may yield longer-lasting results. The treatment may not prove to be as effective if you have a job outdoors as it may result in exposure to direct sunlight or contact with cigarette smoke.

 However, the results may last from one to two years, (or more)  depending on the  treatment intensity and number of appointments. 

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PLEASE READ PRE AND POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT. This will give you instructions that you must follow to benefit from your procedure. 

Click Here to get Instructions/Information on Pre and Post Microneedling care.   >  Info Pre-Post Treatment 

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